Interconnect: A double collaboration

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2018-01-01
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Plummer, Brianna
Boorady, Lynn
Townsend, Carol
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International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Annual Conference Proceedings
Iowa State University Conferences and Symposia

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Departments of Biology, Art & Design and Fashion collaborated to create a line of garments with surface design prints inspired by nature. Freshmen art students were given access to a herbarium to view over 16,000 specimens and used this as inspiration to develop distinct motifs of symmetrical and asymmetrical designs. The top 13 images were chosen and digitally scanned. The scanned designs were given to surface design students in the Fashion department to develop industry ready repeat tiles and engineered yardage. Minimal restrictions on manipulation of these designs was imposed. Faculty contracted a professional fabric printing surface to create yardage. Students in an apparel construction class assembled the garments out of the custom printed yardage. The final product was a line of garments inspired by nature. Future collaborations are under discussion.

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